The school admitted its first students to the professional curriculum during the 1973–74 academic year. The original entering class consisted of 36 students, all residents of Louisiana. Class size increased significantly in subsequent years. The school participates in the Southern Regional Education Board’s program for education in veterinary medicine. Training contracts provide a limited number of entering spaces for qualified candidates from Arkansas. In addition, a limited number of highly qualified, nonresident applicants are admitted under the school’s special admission policy.
The school has an excellent faculty supported by modern equipment. The Veterinary Medicine Building, located on the west side of the campus near the Mississippi River, was dedicated in October 1978. It houses three academic departments plus the Veterinary Medicine Library, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics, and the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. The facilities at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Clinics are used as laboratories where students are introduced to clinical cases and animal disease problems, as well as to methods and techniques used in their solution. The clinical case load at the hospital, in-field services, and herd health programs offer ample opportunities for the education of the complete veterinarian.
The school library, located in the Veterinary Medicine Building, provides a resource sufficient to support programs in instruction, research, and service.